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Red Cross Campaign to Reduce Home Fire Deaths

Red Cross Orange County Home Fire Preparedness
A working smoke alarm reduces the chance of dying in a fire by nearly half.

Working together to reduce the risk of deaths related to home fires, volunteers from the American Red Cross, the Orange County Fire Authority, the City of Santa Ana and other community partners will canvas Santa Ana neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms and create home evacuation plans.

Date: Monday, January 19. 2015

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Meeting Location: St. Anne Catholic Church, 1344 South Main St. Santa Ana CA

Canvassing Area: W. Russell Ave. & W. Pomona St. and S. Sycamore St. & S. Flower St.

This event is part of a national campaign the American Red Cross launched in 2014 to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by as much as 25 percent over the next five years. The campaign focuses on partnering with local fire departments and community groups to install smoke alarms in communities with high number of fires and encourages everyone to create and practice fire escape plans.

Fire experts agree that every second counts and that people may have as little as 60 seconds to escape a burning home before it’s too late to get out. A working smoke alarm reduces the chance of dying in a fire by nearly half, and a pre-determined escape plan ensures everyone knows the best way out and where to meet once outside.

There are several things everyone can do to increase their chances of surviving a fire:

- Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

- Test smoke alarms monthly. If they don’t work, replace them.

- Practice a designated fire escape plan. Make sure everyone knows how to get out of the home in less than a minute.

Community partners participating in this event include Red Cross High School Clubs, Santa Ana High School Jr. NJROTC, OCFA Fire Explorers, Kidde, Cox Communications, Mother’s Market and Kitchen, OC Realtors, Consulate of Mexico Orange County, St. Anne Catholic Church and In-N-Out Burger®.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.